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Talisker 25 Year Old - Special Releases 2005

LOT ID: 1023-1245

End Date : Jan 03 2024 08:00 PM

Total Bids: 89   

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Talisker 25 Year Old. 70cl. 57.2%. In presentation box.

The third release of Talisker 25-year-old appeared as a rather large limited edition of over 15000 bottles in the 2005 outturn of Diageo’s Special Releases, and was bottled at its extremely robust natural cask strength of 57.2% - equivalent to the old 100 Imperial Proof. Distilled no later than 1980 and bottled from refill casks, this is an absolutely magnificent long-aged Talisker with a thunderous presence on the palate, bursting with rich, phenolic intensity.




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Distillery:  Talisker

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Region: Island

Bottling Year: 2005

Age: 25

Bottles Produced: 15,600

Limited Edition: yes

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 57.2%

Founded in 1830, Talisker’s medium-peated whisky perfectly expresses the rugged terrain of the distillery’s surroundings on the western Hebridean Isle of Skye, where it was the only legal distillery for many decades until the recent arrival of Torabhaig.

Talisker had been one of the stars of Scottish Malt Distillers’ portfolio for decades before the launch of the Classic Malts series in 1987 cemented the distillery’s popularity in the modern era. Early examples of Talisker’s single malt were bottled over a century ago by merchants including Berry Brothers and there were numerous official bottlings from around the 1940s onwards.

The old style Talisker's thrillingly savage spirit has been tamed this century, regrettably, but the extraordinary early cask strength Special Release Taliskers bottled between 2001-2010 still offer great value at auction.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £470.00 3rd January 2024 19:21